David Keith Edinger, 87, of New Auburn, Wisconsin, fell asleep in death peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He was born October 21, 1930 to David and Hazel Edinger, in Kennan, Wis., on the Jump River. Here is where he grew up with his nine siblings. He graduated from Phillips High School.
He served in the army as a paratrooper during the Korean War.
In 1954 he eloped with Sarah Ellen Retzlaff to Butte, Montana, and they were married September 29.
David enjoyed many trades and skills, from being a ranch hand to logging, being a machinist to a turkey farmer, and he truly enjoyed being a wrangler in Colorado. He loved hunting, fishing, trapping, singing and dancing. He and his wife, Sarah, went to many dance halls back in the day.
His faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses gave him real meaning in life and sustained him greatly in his marriage and in raising his children. He enjoyed teaching others Bible truths. He was a generous man ready to come to the aid of all.
He was preceded in death by Sarah, his wife of 60 years, and a son, Klinton.
He is survived by eight children: David Hunter (Elaine) of Globe, Ariz.; Rachelle “Shelly” (Jon) Sypien of Largo, Fla.; Brian (Mary) Edinger of New Auburn, Wis.; Travis (Lori) Edinger of Bloomer, Wis.; Craig (Karen) Edinger of New Auburn, Wis.; Kimberly (Scott) Loofboro of New Auburn, Wis.; Joshua (Jessica) Edinger of New Auburn, Wis.; Tanner (Liz) Edinger of Kennan, Wis.; 27 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren; 5 siblings, Beryl Purdum, Yvonne Shield, Forrest Edinger, Bonnie Belan, Harry Edinger.
He was also preceded in death by five siblings: Duane, James, Derald, Joanne and Lance.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 20232 80th Street, Bloomer, Wis., (intersection of Hwys 53 and 64) with Reginald Clough officiating. Following the service, a lunch will be served at the New Auburn school, 704 East St., at 4 p.m.